Tips to Lower Your Heating Bill this Winter
The fall season is swiftly making its way to Connecticut. You may have noticed some leaves starting to change to beautiful red and amber hues and soon crisp air and cooler nights will be the norm. As this happens, homeowners across the state are getting their homes ready for the new season by turning off their A/C units and getting their HVAC system ready for the heating season.
The 2018-19 Farmer’s Almanac is predicting temperatures that are colder than normal for the region including wintry conditions peaking in February and delaying the start of the spring season again this year.
Routine HVAC maintenance is necessary to ensure the home maintains warm temps, has hot water and can keep your family comfortable. Doing so efficiently to keep home heating bills low is also important.
Here are some things you can do to keep your heating bills in check this winter.
HVAC Tune-up & Maintenance
As we mentioned, your home’s HVAC system plays a very important role in keeping you comfortable throughout the seasons. Especially when the temperatures are cold, you want a system you can depend on. Yearly routine maintenance is critical to achieving this. Technician’s clean, check and service the system at these visits and an HVAC system that’s not clogged and working hard means it’s wasting less energy while in use.
Changing the filters on your unit every 30 days during these heavy use months can also keep the system running smoothly. You can even lower your homes energy consumption by lowering the hot water heater’s settings to a ‘warm’ setting.
Smarter Thermostat Use
Another great way to cut down on your heating bills is to be more cautious about the thermostat’s settings. Adjust again for bedtime to ensure you’re still comfortable but not cranking out unnecessary heat. This can cut down a percentage of your home’s heating bills for the season.
Consider purchasing a smart or programmable thermostat that can handle the adjusting on its own. Either program it with your specified settings, or if it’s a smart device you can monitor and toggle the temperature settings from a mobile device.
Get an Energy Audit
If you’re still unsure of how you can run the most energy efficient home possible, it makes sense to call in the experts. Having an energy audit done will give you a good idea of the source of your most used energy in the home and many utility companies even offer the option to have the assessment done for free.
Arbor Energy is Connecticut’s dependable energy source for your home heating each winter. As a customer, we’ll ensure your home heating and cooling equipment is ready to keep you comfortable all year long. From complete equipment services, including installations and tune-ups and emergency heating service at any time—day or night—we’re just a call away!